Rule Six Party

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Rule Six Parties are a type of convention party common in the San Francisco Bay Area.

They are generally quiet, dimly-lit, and prone to cuddles and backrubs.

These parties began as a result of Rule Six.

Rule Six History

The parties began after Timecon in 1991 in San Jose, when the Red Lion Inn hotel staff required a signed consent form from every convention-goer agreeing to a long list of rules.[1] Some of the rules were harshly-phrased standard hotel behavior ("14. Safety violations: Jumping or hopping from room balconies or any other serious safety violation will result in removal from hotel property and possible room eviction with NO REFUND.") while others were perceived as ridiculous attempts to force business-standard morals & behavior on a Fan crowd.

Rule 6, in particular, was widely mocked:

6. No physical contact other then holding hands, a quick hug or
kiss will be tolerated. Any further actions will result in the
subjects being asked to leave the property for the remaining time
of the Con.

Some fen decided that five seconds was the limit for a "quick hug," and they would greet each other in the halls with a hug while a crowd of people chanted, "one-one thousand, two-one thousand" up to five, at which point they'd break apart. Others wore buttons saying "SIX OFFENDER."

The next convention in that hotel, Silicon, hosted the first "Rule Six Party," advertised as a poly-friendly cuddle-fest for people who didn't want to put up with rules about how long they could touch each other. Almost every convention in the area since has had a Rule Six party, which, although very touch-friendly, are not pushy. It's not assumed that anyone who wanders into the party wants to be caressed by strangers, although it is presumed that it's reasonable to ask if a person would like a hug or a backrub.


  1. Timecon Follies, accessed May 7, 2011.